Best beaches on Hahajima Island, Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo
My favorite beach at Hahajima was Kita Port. It usually takes 30 mins by car, but I took about one hour due to some difficulties of driving on the mountain road and also so that we could enjoy the beautiful scenery. The views along the road were breathtaking. The route to Kita Port had gorgeous blue and green ocean views, so I had to pull over to take photos several times.
Kita Port has an old jetty, gravel beach and white sand. Underwater, you can see beautiful coral reefs.
When we arrived at Kita Port, we only saw one family. It was almost a private beach without lifeguards. I was a little bit nervous, so we wore life jackets, marine shoes and gloves for snorkeling with air tubes. The sea was crystal clear so we could enjoy tropical fish and coral reefs.
At Kita Port, my smartphone didn’t connect. You can communicate through a public pay phone near Kita Port with 100 yen coins.
Please make sure to let people in hotels know your destinations before your departure.
Before visiting Kita Port, we went to Ross Museum to see old pictures of Kita Port.
The Ross Museum used to be an old sugar cane storage house and is constructed of Ross rock. This museum displays old pictures and living-wares. We saw lively Kita Port town pictures.
About 600 people used to live near Kita Port before World War Ⅱ but In 1944, all citizens were forced to leave the islands.
There used to be one elementary school, however now the old school site is covered with banyan and the remains can hardly be seen.
Frederic Ross, a sailor of a whaling ship, immigrated to Hahajima Island and found rocks to build houses and roads. The rock was named after him and is known as Ross rock.
We stopped by Higashi Port on the way to Kita Port. Higashi Port was used as a whaling station, so we still could see part of the station there. There was no one there except us. We spent a glorious time without any disturbance. It was very tempting to jump into the blue sea from the breakwater, but we decided not to do so. The typhoon had just passed and there was a heaving sea. Next time!